Cops foil planned robbery and arrest five after fiery gun battle

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One suspect was shot and killed and four were arrested during a shootout with police on the R21 highway on Wednesday morning.

Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said that two pistols were also recovered.

Masondo said police had been looking for the group of men that had been terrorising the community of Centurion and Pretoria area by stealing motorbikes, boats and caravans in the province.

Through police intelligence, information was received that the suspects were planning to steal a motorbike somewhere in Pretoria.

“In the early hours of this morning, six suspects who were driving in a Toyota Hilux with a trailer and a Toyota RunX were travelling to Pretoria to steal a motorbike in Wierdabrug,” Masondo said.

He said police followed the suspects until the R21 highway towards Kempton Park. As the suspects were accosted they started shooting at the police and a shoot-out ensued.

“One suspect was fatally shot, another was wounded and [both] were taken to hospital under police guard while three suspects were arrested. Two firearms were recovered from the suspects. Police are still searching for the suspect who is still at large."

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